Morning top 5: Poll shows Martin with commanding lead over Varadkar; Ibrahim Halawa due back in court

The top stories this Sunday morning...

Micheál Martin and Fianna Fail are now more popular than Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael respectively.

The latest Sunday Times Behaviour & Attitudes Poll shows the Fianna Fáil leader holds a strong 11-point lead over the Taoiseach when it comes to public satisfaction with party leaders.

54% of those questioned between the 29th June and 11th of July were satisfied with Micheál Martin - two points up on the last poll.

Leo Vardakar secured 43%, as did Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.


The defence team will begin challenging video evidence in the Ibrahim Halawa trial in Egypt today.

The Dubliner’s trial was adjourned last week for the 26th time after the prosecution concluded it's case against him and more than 400 other people.

Ibrahim has now spent nearly four years in prison since his arrest during demonstrations in August 2013.


Turkey's president has promised to destroy all traitors as he addressed tens of thousands of people on the first anniversary of a failed military coup.

More than 100,000 people have been jailed or dismissed from their jobs since the attempt to remove him from power.

Critics, however, say that is just his way of weakening those who are against him.


The search for the remaining two crew members of the Rescue 116 Helicopter crash will resume tomorrow.

Garda diving teams are joining a specially adapted fishing vessel for the operation tomorrow.

The Dublin based coastguard helicopter crashed off the coast of Blackrock Island earlier in March, with four crew members on board.


As the warm weather continues this weekend, we're being reminded to be safe on the water.

There was a number of cases of incidents reported yesterday where people got into difficulty.

The most serious was that in Donegal, where a group of males got swept by a rip current.